Biography - Will Starr

D. Will STARR, merchant, Raymond, of the firm of MAXEY & STARR, was born in Greensboro, Guilford Co., N. C., November 17, 1853, where his early childhood was spent in assisting his father upon the homestead farm and in attending the common schools of his native county. At the age of ten years, he left home and attended an academic school two years, at the end of which time he began learning the painter's trade, and followed in that occupation about fourteen years in different localities; he then purchased a livery stable at Raymond, Ill., but sold his interest in a few months, and, on March 15, 1882, became one of the firm of MAXEY & STARR, dealers in groceries, at which business they have become more than ordinarily successful, owing to their strict attention to business and the pleasing manner in which they attend to the wants of their many customers; in business, they are energetic and enterprising, and socially, enjoy the highest esteem of the community at large. Mr. STARR, the junior member of the firm, sought a home in the North when he was about twenty-two years of age, and eventually located at Raymond. He was married, at Palmer, Christian County, December 25, 1881, to Miss Maggie LEE, who was born December 25, 1857, daughter of Capt. E. T. and Mary A. (HILL) LEE, he a native of Virginia, one of the early settlers of Bear Creek, Christian County, a very prominent farmer and stock-dealer, at which business he has become very wealthy; his wife, Mary, is a native of Kentucky, and still living. Daniel M. STARR, the father of our subject, is a native of North Carolina, and still living in his native State, engaged in farming and fruit-raising; his wife, Sarah M. LOW, is also a native of North Carolina, and is still living; she is the mother of eleven children, of whom D. Will is the fourth child. Although he does not take much interest in politics, he is identified with the Republican party.

Extracted 20 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, pages 232-233.

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